Not currently available in 2021

Unit description

Investigates the current debate over the idea of communism. The unit examines issues such as the new cycle of struggles, class and identity and a return to communism. The contemporary critique of capitalism in a digital age (communicative capitalism) as well as the limits of media politics will be evaluated.

Unit content

  1. Return to communism
  2. Key positions in debate over the idea of communism
  3. New cycle of struggles
  4. Class and identity
  5. The people as the subject of politics
  6. Collective desire
  7. Communicative capitalism
  8. Limits of individualism
  9. Limits of anarchism
  10. The party
  11. Movement and the party
  12. Beyond resistance

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Explain a theoretical approach to political strugglesIntellectual rigour
2Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of politicsLifelong learning
3Investigate the role of networked media in political struggleIntellectual rigour
4Describe and examine the idea of contemporary communismIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain a theoretical approach to political struggles
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of politics
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. Investigate the role of networked media in political struggle
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. Describe and examine the idea of contemporary communism
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

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